Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday Stroll - Blossoms in the Snow


The calendula above, and a few of her wilted sisters, are the only real color, aside from green and silver leaves, that remains in the herb beds. The beds are tucked in with a blanket of snow. Over the past several weeks, Limerick put the big vegetable garden to bed for the winter. He pulled plants, turned the soil, and planted a new asparagus bed along the east side of the garden. Also along that side are some sprawling artichoke plants which are perennial, so he left them in place. We'll see how they survive our northern winter! This little wild mustard sprouted up around the artichokes and is still blooming despite the snow, and some pink yarrow is still blooming along the east side of the playhouse near the big garden.



An orange and yellow chrysthanemum cousin, dendranthema, is still blooming in the butterfly garden though many of the leaves and petal are brown and the ground is snow-covered.


The front our our house faces west and takes the brunt of the weather coming in from the lake. At this point, that means wind, cold and snow. Surprisingly, there are a few small, bright bits of color that are holding up to the weather. Bright blue flax petals are folded in upon themselves and laying down in the snow. A wild white fleabane blooms in the spot where purple petunias bloomed through the summer, and one yellow cinquefoil bud is still fresh and vibrant despite the seasonal weather of mid-November.


9 comments:

Joyce said...

You have a surprising amount of bloom still occuring, considering that you have had snow. I wonder if the snow is actually insulating the plants to some degree. We had a deep freeze this week, but with no snow it really took it's toll. There isn't much left above the crowns of the plants tha is alive.

Aisling said...

I'm surprised by it too. I think the last of my color ususally fades away in October, but this year some of the blooms are lingering. I love it. Winter can be so long here, so it is nice to see flowers for just a while longer.

One Woman's Journey said...

Aisling, I just picked 3 more roses and notice a number of flowers still have a bloom.
We will see what kind of winter is approaching.
Blessings to you. Take care.

Everydaywoman said...

Aisling,
What beautiful color you still have amongst the snow! Things are really "browned up" around here, but no snow in sight! Bundle up and stay warm and hope you did enjoy some hot chocolate and a good book today!.....Ruth

Aisling said...

Ernestine, You're further south than me, but you are lucky to still see 4 definite seasons there. I'll go by your blog and see if you posted photos of your roses.

Ruth,
I usually see flowers in the snow in spring: crocus, daffodils, etc. It is fun to see other blooms, particilarly the cinquefoil and fleabane which are little summer wildflowers.

Thank you both for visiting.

City Mouse said...

Flowers in the snow are always some of my favorite things ever. I'm surprised you still have color! The calendula is really cool. I guess if it had been warmish, and the you got a blanket of snow, that would all make much sense. Enjoy the flowers!

Aisling said...

City Mouse, It was warm for a while, but then we've had a lot of cold and snowy days lately. But then, some days it has been just warm enough to rain. I'm enjoying the flowers, whatever the reason.

Thanks for visiting!

Abbie said...

How much snow have you had so far this year? I'm jealous! But we have a chance in the forecast for Tuesday, so we'll see!

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Lovely pictures...